Docudrama about Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev premiers at Molodist film festival

17:30, 29 October 2016
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The movie shows the main events in Dzhemilev's life - his deportation, first imprisonment and the longest hunger strike in the world of 303 days, Ukraine Today reports.

The filming lasted a year and a half in five countries. Authors conducted 26 interviews with dissidents and human rights activists. Documentary video was combined with drama, where an actor played the scenes from Dzhemilev's life. After the official presentation, the film will be released to the public, according to Ukraine Today.

The docudrama was crowdfunded through Biggggidea platform and filmed by NGO Krym-SOS. 

Mustafa Dzhemilev, former chair of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars People (Tatar parliament), a former Soviet dissident and a Ukrainian MP, has been standing up for human and minority rights for more than half a century. He was six months old when he and his family were deported to central Asia along with all other Crimean Tatars and was only able to come back 45 years later. Now, after Russia annexed Crimea, the human rights activist is again barred from entering the peninsula.

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